- Jun 11, 2017
Anyone else here with PTSD that has explosive anger that makes you feel like shit about yourself afterwards?
What helps you calm it?
What helps you calm it?
Yes,PTSD anger is different,isn't it?I know what most of my triggers are but unfortunately there's no way to avoid them.I know ny anger is in reaction to those triggers and I even know that allowing myself to have that anger is easier than feeling anxiety and fear yet I am still unable to control it at times.Yup. And it’s perplexing and embarrassing when it happens.
I have been deemed cured from my ptsd, but it still happens occasionally. Most often when I’ve bottled it up and not dealt with it appropriately.
But ptsd anger is different. It’s tied to a flight or fight response. Can you identify what is triggering it? In the short term, avoiding that trigger will help make it manageable, until you can get back into therapy. Otherwise when you feel it rising, get out of the house or office and go for a walk around the block.
And then do something kind for yourself to de-escalate. Something that comforts and makes you feel safe.
No apology necessary. Thanks for the article,I had just found that one too myself before you posted it.I'm sorry for being ignorant, didnt know you had already therapy.
Found this article about anger management intresting:
11 Ways to Calm Yourself Down Fast When You're Really Mad
Yes,PTSD anger is different,isn't it?I know what most of my triggers are but unfortunately there's no way to avoid them.I know ny anger is in reaction to those triggers and I even know that allowing myself to have that anger is easier than feeling anxiety and fear yet I am still unable to control it at times.
I had my PTSD well under control for awhile but then so many things happened in the past couple/few years along with some new traumas have taken me back to square one it seems.It's like the anger is becoming more of a reflex out of habit,like I have conditioned myself to respond that way to certain people and situations.
My thing has always been to journal my feelings to release them but now it seems when I write them out it just makes them more intense which in return causes even more anger.
I feel I've lost all my coping skills.Or maybe I've just been so worn down that they at times feel ineffective.Maybe it's time to try different things since the old skills have lost their magic.Even my medical marijuana has lost it's effectiveness.
I'm not experiencing symptoms right now,I'm just trying to prepare for the next trigger to come along. I hate reacting in anger because it's the stereotypical image of PTSD.Many people think that's the main problem/symptom of it,even in the media they blame violence,mass shootings,etc on it.It never used to be a problem like it is now so I will be glad once regular sessions begin again.
Lol,I usually don't share this much or write this much but damn I hate this.
No one told me that, it's in all the literature I have read so far.It does say it can be managed though.It says it's because of the physical changes that take place in the brain.I dont know who told you it's not curable. It is. I am 7 years post-cure and have not had a single flashback or triggers that used to send me over the edge, no longer do.
You will get there, too.